GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
ä West Middlesex 19, Sharpsville 42 — At Buhl Farm Park, Coach Bob Morris’ Ms. Reds (6-0, 8-0) captured the Region 1 title for the 8th time in 9 seasons.
Chloé Tyillian finished 1st for WM in 19:58, while Madison Przicina was 2nd for Sharpsville in a time of 20:15.
“It’s always a thrill to win a region championship,” said Morris. “This ends the first part of our season; now we got to look forward to the big meets. But I’m real happy for the girls. The schedule is a real grind. All 11 work hard and a region title is always one of our goals. Congratulations to all our girls and our lone senior Jen Drda for a fine year.”
ä Hickory 20, Wilmington 35 — At Hermitage, Coach Tony Mastrian’s Lady Hornets (6-0) captured the Region 2 championship.
Lexi Bible (19:47), Jackie Abraham, Haley Boyd and Bailey Brown swept the top 4 spots for Hickory. Wilmington’s Rikki Brumbaugh finished 5th with a clocking of 21:37.
“The girls ran very aggressively,” said Mastrian. “Being the last dual-meet of the season they wanted to have their best times of the year, and many of them did. We now prepare for the big races that will be held the next couple weekends.”
ä Greenville 26, Slippery Rock 30 — At Greenville, the Lady Trojans took 6 of the top 10 berths to edge visiting Slippery Rock, led by runnerup Maddie Thrasher, who placed 20 seconds behind Slippery Rock’s Tabitha Donaldson.
ä Commodore Perry 15, Jamestown 50 (forfeit) — At Sheakleyville, the host Lady Panthers were led by Shae Grinnell’s 20:31 clocking in the exhibition.
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ä Hickory 23, Wilmington 34 — At Hermitage, the Hornets closed out the dual-meet season 5-1. Hickory’s lone loss was to Grove City.
Kyle Boyd finished 1st overall for the Hornets in a time of 17:26, 10 seconds ahead of Wilmington’s Calvin Gealy.
ä Commodore Perry 21, Jamestown 40 — At Sheakleyville, the host Panthers prevailed, led by Nate White, who won in 17:46 — 8 seconds ahead of runnerup Christian McElhaney of Jamestown.
ä Greenville 24, Slippery Rock 35 — At Greenville, Dylan Foley forged the host Trojans’ triumph with a 17:08 first-place finish, just 11 ticks ahead of Slippery Rock runnerup Andrew Maxwell.
ä West Middlesex 15, Sharpsville 50 (forfeit) — At Buhl Park, West Middlesex (6-0, 8-0) won its 9th Region 1 title in 9 seasons as Levi Canon (17:22) and David Johnson (17:23) finished 1-2 for WM.
Brad Calleja was 3rd (17:52) for Sharpsville.
“I’m just proud for the kids,” said Morris. “I’m proud of all the hard work these 16 boys put into the dual-meet season. I hope their work ethic and energy continues for the next few weeks and we hope for bigger things. Congrats to all the boys and our lone senior Levi (Canon).”
ä Mercer 5, Sharon 1 — At Sharon’s Tiger Stadium, the visiting Lady M’s (9-0, 11-4) got a 2-goal performance from Megan McKinney in the Region 1 win over Sharon.
Lexie Arkwright, Rebecca Shaffer and Adelyn Cook also scored for Mercer. Arkwright, Bethany Juergens and Kaitlin Berger had assists. Sami Carr made 7 saves in goal for Mercer.
Lily Trambley scored the lone goal for Sharon (3-10-1).
˝ On Monday, also at Tiger Stadium, Sharon was blanked by Fort LeBoeuf, 5-0.
ä Sharpsville 3, Kennedy Catholic 0 — Under the lights at McCracken Field, seniors Aislinn Frazer, Rose Stoyer and Rachel Toy were shining stars on “Senior Night” as they led the Lady Blue Devils (2-7, 3-12) to the Region 1 win.
Frazer drilled home a pair of goals and Stoyer scored the other goal. Stoyer and Juliana Sickafus were credited with assists. Toy notched the shutout between the pipes, making 12 saves.
Elizabeth Volkay posted 10 saves in goal for Kennedy Catholic.
Sharpsville’s seniors are Sickafus, Frazer, Stoyer, Toy, Ashley Hall, Cristen Woodward, Lauren Jones and Kailynne Keck.
ä Hickory 14, Titusville 0 — Under the lights at Hornet Stadium, Jackie White had 5 goals and Sara Suler posted a hat trick and 2 assists in leading the Lady Hornets (7-0, 12-1-1).
White and Suler, who are only juniors, both surpassed the 50-goal, 50-assist mark for their careers and senior Morgan McBride posted her 40th shutout.
Lauren Bell had 2 goals and 3 assists, M.K. Bair registered 1 goal and 2 assists, Isabella Spadafora tallied 1 goal and 3 assists, Marissa DeJulia notched 1 goal and 1 assists, Alura Dillon fired in a goal and Brianna McGowan was credited with 1 assist.
JV: Hickory, 2-0.
ä Grove City 6, Oil City 0 — At Oil City, Julie Distasi scored a hat trick to lead the visiting Lady Eagles.
Also garnering Grove City goals were Grace Dadzaa, Anna Williams and Lauren Wentz, while goalkeeper Olivia Andrews pitched the shutout.
Williams assisted on 2 scores, and Kalie Davis, Dadzaa also were credited with assists.
ä Sharpsville 3, Commodore Perry 0 — At Sharpsville, Olivia Shuttleworth had 20 points and 5 digs in leading the Lady Blue Devils (9-2, 9-4) to a 25-12, 25-15, 25-10 Region 1 sweep of CP.
Sharpsville: Madison Przicina 14 assists; Rachel D’Auria 8 kills, 5 points; Emily Anderson 5 kills; Kara Morris 5 mills; Miley Sikorski 5 kills, 10 points; Rachel Harenchar 7 digs; Emma Gerasimek 5 digs; Kailee Scurpa 6 assists. CP: No stats reported.
JV: Sharpsville, 25-12, 25-22.
ä West Middlesex 3, Lakeview 0 — At West Middlesex, the host Ms. Reds improved to 13-0 with a 25-21, 26-24, 26-24 sweep of the Lady Sailors.
ä West Middlesex: Tori Roberts 6 serving points, 12 digs; Aly Andrusky 8 kills, 9 digs; Megan Hazlett 12 points, 27 assists, 5 digs; Marissa Pursel 5 kills; Arieal Pratt 6 points, 8 kills; Dani Krepps 10 points, 6 digs; Saige Campbell 5 kills. Lakeview: No stats reported.
JV: Lakeview, 25-18, 20-35, 16-14.
ä Farrell 3, Kennedy Catholic 1 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the host Lady Steelers (5-3) staged a 25-16, 26-28, 25-18, 25-18 win over KC (1-13).
Farrell: Key-Asia Oatis 8 points, 8 kills; Whitney Murray 7 kills; Makayih Gardner 7 points, 8 digs; Jasmine Pegues 13 points, 7 assists; Jarissa Sharper 7 assists; Alysia Jackson 5 kills; Janee Avery 5 kills; Jakayla Samuels 10 points, 6 digs; Selena Thomas 8 points. Kennedy Catholic: J’Shawna Thompkins 6 points, 5 aces, 10 digs, 15 kills; Tatum Kress 6 points, 5 blocks, 9 digs, 5 kills; Emilee Taylor 11 points, 12 digs; Taylor Hood 5 blocks; Hannah Burns 9 assists; Khalidah Muhammad 10 points, 7 digs; Donique Marsella 5 points, 5 digs; Tori Bremick 8 digs.
JV: Farrell, 25-23, 25-20.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
HICKORY 20, WILMINGTON 35
1. Lexi Bible (H), 19:47; 2. Jackie Abraham (H); 3. Haley Boyd (H); 4. Bailey Brown (H); 5. Rikki Brumbaugh (W); 6. Lexi Brumbaugh (W); 7. Hannah Winters (W); 8. Allison Baldwin (W); 9. Hannah Drake (W); 10. Paige Brown (H).
W.MIDDLESEX 19, SHARPSVILLE 42
1. Chloe Tyillian (WM), 19:58; 2. Madison Przicina (S); 3. Allyson Pierce (WM); 4. Anna Zrile (WM); 5. Sophia Kachulis (WM); 6. Jordan Aubel (WM); 7. Helena Zrile (WM); 8. Cassie Lukonic (S); 9. Izzy Schell (S); 10. Josie Canon (WM).
GREENVILLE 26, SLIP. ROCK 30
1. Tabitha Donaldson (SR) 21:22; 2. Maddie Thrasher (G): 3. Nanami Mano (G); 4. Emily Marshall (G); 5. Lauren Dietz (SR); 6. Quinn Burkhart (SR); 7. Becca Novek (SR); 8. Logan Addison (G); 9. Julianne Eppley (G); 10. Maddie Dangrow (G).
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HICKORY 23, WILMINGTON 34
1. Kyle Boyd (H), 17:26; 2. Calvin Gealy (W); 3. Logan Griffen (H); 4. Jared Masters (W); 5. Justin Walter (H); 6. Kevin Hartenstine (H); 7. Brett Whitty (W); 8. Colton Moretti (H); 9. Ryan Davis (W); 10. Trand Wright (H).
CMDR. PERRY 21, JAMESTOWN 40
1. Nate White (CP) 17:46; 2. Christian McElhaney (J); 3. Chad Peterson (CP); 4. Cordell Schrieber (CP); 5. Caleb Bickel (J); 6. Eric Johnston (CP); 7. Paul Jewell (CP); 8. Kody Cropp (CP); 9. Erik Hnida (CP); 10. Jason Casteel (CP).
GREENVILLE 24, SLIP. ROCK 35
1. Dylan Foley (G) 17:08; 2. Andrew Maxwell (SR); 3. Ryuji Mano (G); 4. Will Henry (SR); 5. Michael Lineman (G); 6. Mac Taylor (SR); 7. Mercer Martin (G); 8. Elijah Dangrow (G); 9. Tyler Smith (G); 10. Mchael Eppley (G).
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Breese defends heavyweight title at PIAA Championships
HERSHEY, Pa. — Move over Rod Wright!
Lakeview senior heavyweight star Sam Breese had a goal coming into the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships this weekend at Hershey Giant Center — besides winning a second state crown, that is.
WM knocks off Neshannock in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — The notion of Trey Staunch sneaking up on opposing teams is laughable. At 6-foot-3 and approximately 225 pounds, the stout Staunch is not sneaking up on anyone.
However after posting a game-high 31-point, 18-rebound performance in West Middlesex High basketball team’s 76-66 PIAA Class AA playoffs opening-round win over Neshannock Saturday night, Staunch said opponents may have been overlooking the Big Reds.
Hickory girls 26-0, oust Johnstown
SLIPPERY ROCK — At Morrow Field House Saturday evening, the Hickory Lady Hornets kept the perfect season alive with a 63-37 state playoff first round win over the Greater Johnstown Trojans from District 6.
“It feels great to get the win (Saturday),” said veterans Hickory coach Jeanette Whitehead. “We’ve been at this place over the last few years and we’ve been sent home in the first round so it was a huge win for us. I’m very proud of our team effort."
KC girls roll past California in PIAA playoffs
SLIPPERY ROCK — Kennedy Catholic High girls’ basketball team was in the ’hood Saturday afternoon.
Led by senior Taylor Hood, the Lady Golden Eagles eased past California, 53-34, in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
Lakeview's Breese to defend PIAA title
HERSHEY, Pa. — If you are Major League Baseball player, a .333 batting average is great. But in wrestling at the state tournament — not so much!
Out of the dozen wrestlers that Mercer County sent to Hershey for the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships, only four (.333) will reach the medal stand today — led by Lakeview senior Sam Breese who shoots for a second straight gold medal.
Farrell edges Montour, 60-57, in PIAA opener
Montour High boys’ basketball coach Adam Kaufman lamented another season-ending setback. However there are several hundred coaches across the Commonwealth who envy his program’s recent success and would trade places with him in a heartbeat.
But during Friday night’s PIAA Class AAA playoff opener, Kaufman & Co. could not overcome those streaky Steelers ... those survivin’ Steelers.
“ ... Hey, survive and move on,” summarized Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse following Farrell’s 60-57 win at Sharon High.
GCC ousts Mercer in 1st round of PIAAs
The Mercer Lady Mustangs were outscored 16-4 in the final quarter of the first round of the state playoffs by the Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions, ending their season Friday night 56-31 at Sharon High School.
Senior Lexie Arkwright had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double performance for the Lady M’s. She also snagged three steals. Adelyn Cook and Haylie Glass each added 4 points for Mercer.
5 area matmen to quarterfinals in Hershey
HERSHEY — Mercer County matmen had mixed results on the opening day of action in the PIAA State Class AA Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center.
Only 5 of the county’s dozen entries — led by defending state champ Sam Breese of Lakeview (285) — won their preliminary matches to move into the tournament quarterfinals which begin at 9 a.m. today. However the other 7 lost their first matches, although 3 are still alive in the consolations heading into this morning’s action.
Coach Chad Mild's Big Reds are road warriors
West Middlesex High boys basketball team did not play its first home game until after the first of the year, but competing at New Castle, Farrell and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre has served it well.
Witness West Middlesex’s 55-54 win over Fairview in last weekend’s District 10 Class AA championship game — at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Boys PIAA basketball preview boxes
Who: Farrell (22-3) vs. Montour (16-8).
What: Opening round.
When: 7:30 p.m. today.
Where: Sharon High’s Tiger Gymnasium.
Hickory, Mercer, KC girls PIAA playoff boxes
Who: Hickory (25-0) vs. Greater Johnstown (11-14).
What: PIAA Playoffs, 1st round.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Slippery Rock University.
Shannonhouse's Steelers set for statewide stage
With the approaching spring, a young man’s fancy turns to ... what else? The PIAA playoffs. And when Shenango Valley scholastic basketball aficionados think of the postseason they think of Farrell.
Recently at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the banners above were blowing in the breeze — ’52 ... ’54 ... ’56 ... ’59 ... ’60 ... ’69 ... ’72 — swaying as sprinting players created a vacuum of air rising from the floor. Melodramatic maybe, but there’s a feeling at Farrell that harkens back to the heyday when playoff success was a rite of passage.
Breese eyes repeat at state mat tourney
There is no doubt that winning a state championship in wrestling is a difficult thing to do. Winning two is even tougher.
“There’s a target on your chest,” pointed out Lakeview High coach Tom Tingley in preseason this year, referring to his star wrestler Sam Breese who won a state heavyweight crown as a junior last year.
Obviously that target hasn’t bothered the Sailors big man who is a perfect 32-0 this season as he attempts to become only the 12th Mercer County matman to win multiple titles.
WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: It's a young group of county matmen headed to state
THERE’S definitely a youth movement in Mercer County wrestling as demonstrated by the group of 11 matmen who are advancing to the PIAA State Class AA Championships on Thursday.
Eight of the locals are underclassmen. The only seniors are Lakeview’s Sam Breese (285), Reynolds’ Levi Stoyer (145) and Jamestown’s Mohamed Messai (182).
Breese and Stoyer are the only returning state place-winners. Breese, who has verbally committed to Kent State University to wrestle next season, won the heavyweight class and is seeking a second gold medal. Stoyer placed 7th at 145 and wants to climb much higher on the medals stand.
Kennedy boys forfeit win, are out of playoffs
The PIAA basketball playoffs do not begin until Friday, but Mercer County already lost a team.
Kennedy Catholic High disclosed Monday the discovery of an academically-ineligible player, who competed in last Friday’s District 10 Class A consolation contest.
Kennedy Catholic edged Eisenhower in double-OT, 66-62, earning a berth in the statewide tournament. The Golden Eagles were to meet District 9 champion Ridgway Friday at Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium in the opening round; instead, Eisenhower will represent D-10 as its 3rd-place team.
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